Uganda’s parliament has adjourned without debating a controversial bill which includes the death penalty for some homosexual acts.
It had been reported that a vote could be held on Friday.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been condemned by Western leaders and human rights groups, some of whom are celebrating “victory”.
The bill, first introduced in 2009, could still be brought up when the new parliament meets later this year.
Uganda is a largely conservative society and many people condemn homosexuality both as un-African and un-Christian.
But in recent years, some gay rights groups have been set up in the country.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but the bill would increase the penalty for those convicted to life in prison.
Those found guilty of of “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender” – would face the death penalty.
Anyone failing to report to the authorities a person they knew to be homosexual would also be liable to prosecution.